Sean Bailey
Total Form
29 July - 29 August 2015


Sean Bailey makes paintings that are instinctive and process-based. He uses methods of improvisation, chance and ritual to create works that combine collage with gestural painting and hard-edged compositions. His paintings obscure forms drawn from the natural world, history, esoteric and pagan origins. Though containing a variety of arcane symbolism, their literal interpretation is intentionally obfuscated through the process of over-painting, to create ambiguous representations of nature, decay and the subconscious.

Bailey’s solo exhibitions include: Sydney Contemporary; RM, Auckland; First Draft, Sydney; and in Melbourne at Daine Singer, Gertrude Contemporary, Neon Parc, West Space, T.C.B., Joint Hassles and Clubs Project Space. He has participated in group exhibitions at University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; Gambia Castle, Auckland; Special, Auckland; Amsterdam Biennial; CAST, Hobart; and in many Melbourne spaces including: Spring 1883 Art Fair, Gertrude Contemporary, Sutton Project Space, Hell Gallery, Bus Gallery, Utopian Slumps, T.C.B. and Seventh. As a musician he is known for playing in groups including Paeces, Wasted Truth, Vivian Girls, Lakes, TOL and TAX as well as running the private press label Inverted Crux. He has a BFA (2005) from the Victorian College of Arts and is currently a Studio Artist at Gertrude Contemporary.